Syria recognizes independence, sovereignty of Donetsk, Luhansk -state news agency

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in a house following recent shelling in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the town of Yasynuvata (Yasinovataya) in the Donetsk region, Ukraine June 28, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

DAMASCAS, June 29 (Reuters) - Syria officially recognized the independence and sovereignty of the two breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, state news agency SANA said on Wednesday, citing a foreign ministry source.

The Syrian presidency had affirmed its intention to build relations with the two breakaway republics in February.

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Reporting by Lilian Wagdy; Writing by Lina Najem; Editing by Catherine Evans

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